Ruth Dekema

Ruth Dekema

Ruth E. Dekema of Plainwell, MI passed away Saturday, September 3, 2011, at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Dekema was born January 22, 1916, in Grand Rapids to Floyd and Wilma (Dreyer) Rosset. Ruth loved to play the piano and organ, go out to eat and shop and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

On May 10, 1939 in Kalamazoo she married the Rev. Lawrence Dekema who preceded her in death in 2009. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Betsy Stellingworth.

Survivors include four children, Marijane (David) Smith of The Woodlands, TX, David (Phyllis) Dekema of Richland, Ronald (Carlene) Dekema of Kalamazoo and Donald (Donna) Dekema of Plainwell; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

 Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego is serving her family. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will meet with friends at the United Methodist Church of Otsego on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM when a memorial service will be held, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial of ashes at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to Kairos Dwelling or the United Methodist Church of Otsego.

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Hello Don and Donna and family. We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of all of you on the loss of your mom. I know that you all will miss her very much. Please know that our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with you. Take care now.

  2. Wayne and Linda says:

    Don and Donna
    As I said before i’m so sorry to hear about your Mom.
    Your in our thoughts and prayers.

    Wayne and Linda and Family

  3. Kathy & Bruce Nogle says:

    Dave, Phylis, Don, Donna and family, please accept our sympathy on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with all of you at a sad time in your lives.

  4. Jeron & Pat Hendricks says:

    Don & Donna:
    We want to extend our sympathy to you & the rest of your family also. We know life is going to seem real strange with your Mom not around especially since you lived so close & did so much for her every week. God will bless you for taking such good care of her. We wish you many happy memories as these are the things that get us thru the rough spots. Remember all the good times and the special times you got to experience together. Love Hugs & Prayers
    Jeron & Pat

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